The F = ma Advanced course introduces the more matured student to physics. All mechanics topics required for the F = ma Exam will be taught from an experienced beginner level. Math topics needed beyond Algebra 2 will be taught, including basic trigonometry.
The focus will still be on practice and problem solving.
Who should Take This Course
- AMC 10/12 Year-round Basic*
- or AMC 10/12 Summer Camp*
- or F=ma Basic*
- or Algebra 2 equivalent
- or 1st-year high school physics course
- or AP Physics 1 (or AP Physics C Mechanics)
(* Indicates an Alphastar Academy course)
Practice Exams will be given/solved.
There are weekly homework sets.
Lecture notes and problem solutions will be available on the learning management system (LMS).
F=ma Advanced is a year-long course with the first half in the fall and the second half in the spring. F=ma Advanced is also offered as a 3-week long Summer Camp with 15 instructional days.
As a year-long course:
|1||Algebra||Work & Energy Part 1|
|2||Trigonometry||Work & Energy Part 2|
|3||1-D Kinematics||Momentum Part 1|
|4||2-D Kinematics||Momentum Part 2|
|5||Dynamics Part 1||Exam Week|
|6||Dynamics Part 2||Rotations & Torque Part 1|
|7||Dynamics Part 3||Rotations & Torque Part 2|
|8||Exam Week||Angular Momentum Part 1|
|9||Circular Motion Part 1||Angular Momentum Part 2|
|10||Circular Motion Part 2||Periodic Motion; Fluids; Error Propagation|
|12||Exam Week||Exam Week|
As a Summer Camp:
|7||Work & Energy|
|8||Momentum & Collisions|
|9||Rotations & Torque|
|11||Periodic Motion; Fluids;
|15||Exam; Award Ceremony|
High School Analog
|AlphaStar Course||High School Analog||Comments|
|F = ma Basic||First-year high school physics course|
|F = ma Advanced||AP Physics 1 without DC Circuits||Though the curriculum is similar, F = ma Advanced problems are more challenging than AP Physics 1 problems.|